The NFL on Friday morning officially suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games. Hunt will not appeal.
So Cleveland will be without him for half of the 2019 season. And now that they’re actually playoff contenders, maybe this means running back Duke Johnson won’t be as available as we thought.
My guess is it will now be a little harder for the Eagles to trade for Johnson if that’s what they want to do.
Johnson would make a lot of sense for the Eagles as a trade target this offseason. He is just 25 and has a base salary of just $1.8 million in 2019. He became unhappy with his role last season and that was before the addition of Hunt.
Johnson would be a perfect replacement for Darren Sproles as a pass-catching running back in the Eagles’ rotation. And trading for a running back wouldn’t affect the compensatory pick formula. It seems like that is really important to the Eagles these days.
On Thursday, Cleveland.com reported the Browns were shopping Johnson and at least three teams were interested. But that report also said the length of Hunt’s suspension would impact their decision.